'For many of us, a kayak is the means by which we can take in the full measure of the rich coastal environment. But the environment where air, water, and land meet is notoriously variable, and the intimate connection a kayak provides with that environment leaves us exposed and vulnerable to forces that can easily overpower us...Paddlers who invest time and effort and fully engage their senses not only have a greater degree of safety - they discover more of the subtle textures of the waterways they travel' - from the Preface by Christopher Cunningham."Sea Kayaker's Deep Trouble" offers more than twenty harrowing, real-life accounts of sea kayaking accidents that will both keep you on the edge of your seat and instruct you with potentially life-saving lessons. These tales, drawn from "Sea Kayaker" magazine, are the result of interviews with accident survivors, witnesses, and rescuers. From capsizes and hypothermia to brushes with sharks and entrapment in sea caves, the situations are described in chilling detail and then subjected to expert analysis." Sea Kayaker's Deep Trouble" is rounded out by a comprehensive introduction to sea kayaking safety and three dozen sidebars offering tips on equipment, techniques, and improving your skills. "Sea Kayaker" magazine reports on accidents and near accidents so its readers might learn from the experience of others rather than having to learn the hard way. "Sea Kayaker's Deep Trouble" gathers more than twenty of the most compelling and instructive of these reports, outlining the circumstances of each accident and providing detailed analyses: What did the paddlers do wrong? What did they do right? Most importantly, how might the accident have been prevented? With a comprehensive introduction to kayaking safety and three dozen sidebars on gear, skills, and techniques, this book is a must for any sea kayaker who wants to paddle safely.